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"Pure 18 carat." —Southland Times

"Vibrant…[a] flawless nugget of gold." —Hastings

"Rich in frontier romance and brimming with exuberance." —Otago Daily Times
Book and lyrics by David John. Music by Kevin Lynch. Musical arrangements by Richard Marrett.

Cast: 4m., 3w. (5 children, 24+ ensemble.) In 1862 the goldfields of New Zealand were a savage and unforgiving environment, especially for immigrants. When Duncan and Sarah McKenzie arrive in the "new country," Jackie O'Fea brings news of the gold strikes. Leaving his family for the diggings with a promise to return, Duncan seizes his chance for freedom from the near-slavery of the 19th-century working class life. He is joined by his friends Nathan and Millie Hall, who along with O'Fea and his nephews, the Lomax brothers, head off to seek their fortune. At the diggings, tragedy strikes. Nathan is drowned in a massive flood on the Arrow River leaving Millie a widow. She is cared for by the camp and particularly by Joe Lawson who cuts her wood for the coming winter. But Millie's winter comes early when she is assaulted by O'Fea with only the Lomax brothers as witnesses. When Duncan strikes gold, his euphoria is short lived as a young miner, Dan Nolan, is murdered by the Lomax brothers after a card game. Duncan is accused of the crime, and after an absurd trial, he is sentenced to hang despite Sarah's desperate plea for clemency. After Duncan's death, a bond develops between Sarah and Millie. She tells Sarah of her ordeal with O'Fea and the Lomaxes. As the Lomax brothers sleep, a woman enters the cabin and shoots them both. O'Fea fights her and with some help from the "spirit of the times" O'Fea meets his end. Love has blossomed between Millie and Lawson, who decide to leave the goldfields together, as Sarah considers her past and looks to the future. Open staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

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Music Samples

Overture - A New Day Dawns
Gold at Your Fingers
Bright and Shiny Gold
The Ballad of Millie Hall
Broken Wings
Working Men
Seven Doors
I Wonder
I've Got News for You, Lady
If I Knew Then

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  R07
Cast Size:  36
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  96
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423265
Publication Date: 12/11/2006
David John was born in Liverpool, England, and trained as an artist at the Liverpool College of Art. He has lived in South Africa, Canada, Ireland, the Canary Islands and Australia, painting and writing short stories. Settling in New Zealand in 1979, John began to establish his reputation not only as an artist and writer but also as a playwright ...More
Kevin Lynch was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. Music was always a central part of his life—starting with a late '60s school pop-band and progressing through the '70s with a top Dunedin band "Expence." This led to backing many New Zealand stars of the era and also to being involved as a musical director for the initial Telethons. A career ...More
Richard Marrett is in demand throughout New Zealand as a full-time musical director and is also an accomplished arranger, pianist and composer. Several of his orchestrations have been recorded with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony and Wellington Sinfonia, and he has a busy schedule working as producer and arranger on a number of recording projects. He has also ...More
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